Welcome to the wonderful world of NAPPING! Yes, napping. It’s time to pull out Mr. Snuggles and grab your favorite blanket and hit the sack! Napping isn’t just for preschoolers and grandparents, and it’s no secret that napping is great for everyone.

Want the most out of your nap? Read on…

sleepConsider including a nap into your daily routine as it can enhance your alertness; improve your mood, and your performance. Allowing your body to relax will reduce stress and will reduce sleepiness throughout the day. For those that may have trouble sleeping at night, it is possible that napping can further interrupt nighttime sleep. Nap a little too long and you can wake up groggy.

Make it count- Tips on how to take an effective nap

Early Afternoon: power naps, which are 25-30 minutes, should be taken before 2pm in order to not interfere with nighttime slumber

Sleeper-friendly environment: ideal naps should be taken in a bed that is located in a dark, quiet, and warm room

Give yourself enough time: if power napping isn’t your thing, setting an alarm for 90 minutes is the way to go. Taking the time to nap for 90 minutes will allow you to fall into a deep sleep, which is called REM sleep. This is a full sleep cycle and your body will thank you for it.

Supplementing 7-9 hours of sleep at night with a well deserved nap, can also reap the benefits of increased productivity and concentration which will translate to better academic performance. As you can see, there are more pros than cons when it comes to napping. Scheduling yourself a daily nap could be the min-vacation you’ve been looking for; it’s an easy way to relax and rejuvenate.

Give it a try. Sweet dreams!

Written by Zana Spruill-Morris, Peer Educator